The DQE Brand.
W hile many of our key audiences — customers, share-
holders and Wall Street analysts — are familiar with seg-
ments of DQE’s business, the full scope of our organization is
understood by relatively few.
DQE’s new brand signature — the name and symbol —
reflects and communicates our emerging position as a share-
holder-focused growth utility. By extending the DQE brand
signature throughout our first-tier subsidiaries, we are build-
ing recognition of DQE as a whole. We also are enhancing
A DQE Company
the visibility of DQE’s first-tier subsidiaries as integral
components of our dynamic organization.
DQE’s new symbol — a dynamic blue spiral — reflects our
continuously expanding, evolving company. The parts of the
spiral visually integrate into a larger whole, symbolic of the
interrelation between DQE and its entrepreneurial
subsidiary companies. This new symbol is the cornerstone of
our corporate image — a visual representation of what we
are today, and of what we will become.
Why a New Look? The DQE Family.
O ver the past decade, DQE has significantly
changed the scope and direction of its business,
D QE’s corporate structure encompasses six sub-
sidiaries that reflect our organization’s entrepreneur-
leveraging our strength in utility delivery and deregu- ial nature. The agility and responsiveness of these
lation to grow and prosper in new markets. Our businesses has allowed DQE to quickly respond to
investments nationwide in water and wastewater, and profit form emerging opportunities in rapidly
propane, landfill gas, communications and e-com- changing markets.
merce have increased our customer base by 50 per-
cent in just two years, and have provided opportuni- Under the new DQE corporate identity program, each
ties for future expansion. subsidiary retains a separate identity, although some
names have changed. All carry the DQE symbol, to
“DQE’s new corporate identity is designed to better build familiarity and goodwill among our key audi-
represent the company we are today and will be ences with the breadth and scope of the entire DQE
tomorrow, illustrating the diversity and dynamics of organization.
our organization’s growing national profile.”
— David D. Marshall
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
CDT: 2003 Annual Report
TOTAL NETWORK CONNECTIVITY HAS BECOME AS ESSENTIAL AS ELECTRICITY and other basic
utilities to the daily operation of today’s college and university campuses, airports and large
Cable Design Technologies has invested in R&D and honed our sales and marketing
approach to better serve this growing market. On the product side, we developed higher band-
width cabling and related products to offer plug-and-play convenience for the end user — now
and far into the future. On the process side, we created a unified suite of design and budgeting
tools to help architects and building engineers address current needs and anticipate future
network expansion and application needs with greater confidence and efficiency.
The results? Significant customer wins: international airports in Madrid and Montreal,
campus-wide installations for Warwick University (UK) and McGill University (Canada), and
total corporate connectivity for the likes of TRW Space & Electronics and Deutsche Bank.
CDT: One-source solutions for some of the world’s
most complex networks.
Cable Design Technologies
A S T R AT E GY F O R S U C C E S S
2 0 0 2 A n n u a l Re p o r t
P R E PA R I N G , P R AC T I C I N G , E X E C U T I N G
The “drive-by-wire” capabilities that will control the cars of
tomorrow are used in today’s aerospace industry, with even
more stringent production requirements. Cabling in this
market requires sophisticated production to protect wires
from extremes of heat and cold. CDT invented a process
to produce a seamless tape that wraps and protects critical
CDT’s specialty electronic connec- high-performance wiring and cabling. The process eliminates
tivity products include ultra-flexible the traditional ridges where the tape overlaps itself, leaving it
cables, thermocouple cables, vulnerable to abrasion. The simple but revolutionary advance-
low-noise cables, chemical-resistant ment enables manufacturers to create safer and lighter aircraft,
cables, high- and low-temperature key requirements of the aerospace industry.
cables, and weather-resistant cables.
Our products are found all over the
Back on the ground—underground, in fact—broadband is
world. You’ll see CDT in robotics
finally coming of age, driven largely by home- and small-office
and automation and process con-
users. We see potential growth in the U.S., Europe and Asia,
trol; in instrumentation, measuring
meaning we see a long global growth curve for an application
and monitoring; in mass transit,
where CDT plans to play an integral role.
automotive and aerospace;
in medical diagnostics; and
in electronic surveillance. Connecting industry’s ability to accomplish any new initiative
is communications. Industry standards passed in the latter half
ACT AFTER HAVING
of fiscal 2002 are enabling significant growth in Category 6
cable, able to support multi-gigabit Ethernet applications.
CDT provides complete end-to-end structured wiring systems
supporting everyday business, e-commerce, LAN applications,
intelligent buildings, storage networks, and more.
Each of CDT’s many success stories is dependent upon our
ability to prepare, practice and execute with both our product
and our people. With this strategy, CDT will remain a company
that strives to deliver value to our customers and shareholders,
and brings the promise of growth, vitality and leadership.
K N O W T H E C O M P E T I T I O N A N D K N O W YO U R S E L F;
I N A H U N D R E D B AT T L E S , YO U W I L L N E V E R B E I N P E R I L .
Partnerships Built on > PERFORMANCE
03 Annual Report
Partnerships Built on > PERFORMANCE
Running on Time Singing a Happy Tune
Brigette Moore and Don Ellis Marshall Chavis
>WHEN WABTEC’S FOUNDRY IN CANADA received a challenge. And as one of the most senior people at the >MARSHALL CHAVIS KNOWS HOW to make a guitar sing, and the new Day One TreadGuard™ shoe to meet the
call from our WABCO Transit plant in South Carolina, foundry, Ellis had the knowledge and the credentials to but he has no plans to give up his day job. After all, he’s customer’s requirements.
it was a real rush. Transit needed a part immediately for make it happen. also pretty good at making machines hum. “I like the challenge of completing a task like that,”
an important customer requirement. “From the moment the request came in, motion Chavis, manager of the machine shop at Wabtec’s Chavis said. “We have a good team here, and we know
Filling the order for this uncommon part meant never stopped,” said John Vickers, the foundry’s general Railroad Friction Products Corporation (RFPC) that satisfying our customer comes first.”
squeezing more work into the existing schedule, making manager. “It took a lot of coordination and was a
subsidiary, has played lead guitar in a gospel singing Now that’s music to any customer’s ears.
the molds, pouring metal to form the pieces, heat-treating tremendous accomplishment.”
group for 33 years. The creativity necessary for strumming
at an offsite location, grinding the pieces and delivering An accomplishment that resulted in the customer
a six-string also comes in handy when he’s asked to help
them to South Carolina in less than a week—one-fourth placing the rest of this parts order with WABCO Transit.
the usual time. solve a complex manufacturing problem. “At CN, we certainly appreciate excellent customer
But with Brigette Moore on logistics and Don Ellis For example, CN, the largest railroad in Canada, service—both providing it and receiving it. The
on production, the parts made it to WABCO Transit, “This is the kind of story that needs to be told, recently asked RFPC to modify the design of its quick turnaround on this project is an example
which machined, tested and delivered them ahead of because this type of effort goes on every day, TreadGuard™ brake shoe—fast. Chavis and the RFPC of why we value our relationship with Wabtec.”
schedule to its customer. and not enough people know.” team went to work and, within three weeks, designed James Danielwicz
A working mom who’s used to crazy schedules and John Meister and developed a new mold, a special grinding machine Chief Mechanical Officer, CN
improvising on the run, Moore knew how to handle this President, WABCO Transit
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Person
“I’ve had an unbelievable amount of contact and
interaction with physicians, both in class and in casual situations.
They made me part of their family...and it’s only my first year.”
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Person
“By third-year rotations, you realize that the difference
between success and failure each day is the person standing next to you –
“At first, we’re hanging on every in that way. It starts with getting “I look around at my classmates survey the field, make decisions fourth-year students. What I saw
word from the faculty and PBL to know each other. Not just as and I am amazed by how many about what felt right, and then in Africa was beyond anything I
facilitators because we feel totally talking heads but as whole people. different paths we’ve created in pursue my interests. Each time you had ever imagined. We arrived a
lost. Looking back, I realize that By third-year rotations, you realize medicine. I attribute that to the try something new, it helps you little early for work that first day
something else was going on. that the difference between success diverse group of students who are shape your own path. at the hospital and found several
They were training us to rely on and failure each day is the person attracted to the program, and the hundred people waiting outside
each other, even before we knew standing next to you – your class- size of the surrounding medical “When I hit fourth year, I was ready with hopes of getting some health
what for. If I play it all back in mate. The people here at Pitt community. I can’t believe how for something amazing. I’ve always care that day. They come from all
my mind, I see that a large part support the idea that we will be much has been available to me. wanted to experience international around the country. Some people
of my learning has come from my better doctors together than we People here are genuinely con- health at some level. I had the walked for hours to get there.
peers. I think medicine is unique would be apart. cerned about your future. It’s quite opportunity to do a one-month People injured and visibly in pain.
easy, actually, to find mentors and rotation abroad in Lesotho in I’d never seen anything like it.”
to make opportunities. I could Southern Africa with two other
The evolution of WT
in academics, arts, and athletics in this issue:
A Fond Farewell
City as Our Campus
Expanding minds in expanding ways
Reﬂections on a beloved art teacher
W i n c h e s t e r T h u r s t o n S c h o o l A u t u m n 2 0 0 7
Reimagining the learning experience
in this issue:
City as Our Campus
Exploring new frontiers
Off on life’s journey
spreader of peace and love
Winchester Thurston School Autumn/Winter 2008
NATURAL WORLD, INFINITE WONDER
balancing as children go round and round testing themselves on SAFETy FIRST, FUn FOllOWS
different parts. The first day, a Kindergartner crawled around “Safety was at the core of everything we considered and
on his hands and knees—not very comfortable—but by the implemented,” affirms Lee Bares. “We utilized current
next day, he was on his feet declining any help. He is now very playground safety standards and recommendations principally
confident in his balancing ability, and this mastery seems to from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and also
carry over into the classroom. In the first week, several of the the National Program for Playground Safety and the Arbor
first and second graders helped the Kindergartners to balance Day Foundation.” She adds, “The hours we personally spent
by holding their hands. There was almost an unspoken badge are uncounted and will forever remain a joy to us. One of the
of honor for helping the ‘little ones,’ and it was a wonderful greatest parts of this project was the two days when [everyone]
moment demonstrating the care resulting from our Responsive came together for the massive installation effort…where people
Classroom approach.” showed up and did whatever was needed or asked and kept
coming back for more. We are left wishing there could be more
to do; it has been that much fun!”
Ideas for the natural playground began taking shape more than
“In some ways, I think [the playground] will always be a
two years ago, but the project gained serious momentum last
work in progress,” muses Rogers, revealing that a playhouse
April. “Based on the great turnout for our Earth Day Work Day,
made from tree trunks and parts, designed by Lee Bares, will
we knew we had the interest,” says Perkins. Soon after, plans
be constructed this spring.
began in earnest, fueled by research on playground designs that
Research suggests myriad benefits to children exposed
“involve children with natural materials, not just the plastic and
to natural environments, including better concentration and
metal structures produced by different manufacturers.”
self-discipline; more advanced motor fitness and improved
Last summer, Perkins and Raphael won the 2008 Mary
cognitive development; greater imaginative and creative play;
Houston Griffin Award for Excellence in Teaching for their
and the fostering of language and collaborative skills. But as far
proposal to enrich North’s existing playground with a variety
as students are concerned, the biggest benefit is quite simple:
of natural playground areas. The award, which provides funds
“No matter what we do out there, we’re having fun,” says third
to WT faculty to enhance teaching and service to students,
grader Lexi Thompson.
hether engaging young children in studying bugs in and pea gravel; a building area featuring real tools and natural enabled construction to begin at last. “There wasn’t funding
a tree stump, crafting elaborate meals of twigs and construction materials; a natural art center, with its ready otherwise,” explains Rogers.
fallen leaves, or slaying dragons on an open air stage, abundance of supplies; a stage, replete with costumes and “We set up goggles and sawhorses, and we had a work day,”
WT North’s new natural playground has ignited students’ musical instruments; adjacent butterfly and children’s gardens; she continues. “Everyone came: parents, faculty, children. We
imagination. “It’s changing the nature of play,” says Nancy even a composter, complete with worms. built, hammered out corners, took all the rough bark off. Even
Rogers, North Hills Campus Director. “I like jumping off the rocks because it’s kind of challenging. the materials for our building area—the tree cookies, logs and
Developed largely by North Hills Campus teachers Brock It’s fun to jump off the high log near the rocks,” says third grader blocks—were sawed that day either by parents or students. We
Perkins (grade 5) and Lynne Raphael (Kindergarten), the natural Natalie Rhoades. “Lauren, Mattie, and I sit on the log and we worked all weekend, actually.”
playground expands play options for all students while realizing slide backwards and it’s really fun!” WT parents John and Lee Bares, both engineers, supervised
the importance of connecting children with nature. the effort, and the playground debuted this fall. “The Bares’
SElF-DIREcTED PlAy, cOmmUnITy cOnnEcTIOn leadership and expertise were invaluable,” states Rogers. “They
FRESh AIR AnD FAnTASy “The children seem drawn to things they can act on and change,” gave an enormous amount of time, before and after the
Nurturing wonder is inherent to the new playground, which says Raphael. “They love having options on the playground and weekend. Everything was analyzed, designed, and built
immerses students in nature while they explore its diverse are engaged in a variety of ways on different days. The circuit with the safety of the children, and how they would
areas: the climbing circuit, composed of boulders encircled with rocks may be a general gathering and conversing area use the playground, in mind.”
by smooth tree trunks; digging areas filled with sand, mulch, some days, while at other times it is the center of very focused
8 Thistletalk Autumn/Winter 2008 www.winchesterthurston.org
Throw a stone.
There. You’ve just located our City Campus.
Just three blocks from the University elements foster strong student- developing poetry recitation skills
of Pittsburgh’s campus, Winchester teacher relationships, motivation with faculty and student-actors at
Thurston School is located in the to pursue individual interests and Carnegie Mellon University’s Drama
heart of the city’s premier educa- talents, and participation in the Department; or exploring dinosaur
tional and medical facilities. larger world beyond the school— bones at the Carnegie Museum of
both local and global. Natural History.
Deeply rooted in the city since
1887, Winchester Thurston boasts Through our City as Our Campus We invite you to visit us at
a long tradition of high academic and Student Internship programs, www.winchesterthurston.org to
standards and progressive educa- our faculty design curricula that learn more about our exceptional
tional programs. connect students with the vast re- programs in academics, athletics,
sources of neighboring institutions. and the arts.And, we invite you
Our approach to learning at all to walk (or drive) just a few short
levels—Pre-Kindergarten through On any given day, our students may blocks to see us!
grade 12—is one that engages be conducting research side by side
each student in a challenging, with doctors at The Hillman Cancer
inspiring process and a connected, Center; hunting for bacteriophages
accessible, diverse educational at the University of Pittsburgh’s
community. Together, these Howard Hughes Medical Institute;
Winchester Thurston is a PK-12, coed independent school with campuses in Shadyside and the North Hills.
World peace ambassadors.
Winchester Thurston congratulates six tenth-graders for taking
on challenging international issues at a global symposium on
Peacekeeping, Conflict Resolution, and Combating Terrorism, in www.winchesterthurston.org
Muscat, Oman. The work of fifty-four student participants from 412.578.7518
Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and North America will be A PK-12, coed independent school with campuses
presented to the United Nations this year. in Shadyside and the North Hills.